Apple has announced it’s making room for solar panels on its new Christmas lights.
The move, which is meant to make space for solar panel installations on the company’s new “Lightning” line of solar panels, comes at a time when solar energy is on the rise, and it also comes as Apple has been under fire for its tax practices and tax loopholes.
“Apple will be switching over to using solar power in our new Solar line of lights.
This means that Apple’s Lightning solar lights will have more capacity, and will be able to offer a higher level of brightness and comfort to our customers,” said Chris Jackson, head of solar projects for Apple, in a statement.
“We’re excited to offer our customers a brighter and more comfortable experience in 2017 with a new and improved lighting system.”
“This is a great example of Apple investing in its employees’ well-being by offering them a more environmentally-friendly way to enjoy their holiday,” he added.
Apple’s decision comes a day after it announced that it would be adding about 100 solar panels to the company Christmas lights, which are expected to sell for $99 per year.
In order to provide enough room for the panels, Apple plans to add solar panels that are up to 400 times larger than the current LED-based ones that it uses in its iPhones and iPads.
The company said that its new Solar Light products would be “the first in the market to feature a solar array system that’s more than 40 times larger.”
Apple’s announcement comes as other tech companies are ramping up their efforts to make their lights brighter.
The company announced last week that it will be making solar panels in its new “Tango” line, which it says will “create a new energy source that can be used in areas where it is not practical to generate electricity on a regular basis.”
The company also said it was “looking at” adding solar panels “in a wide variety of areas” to the lighting system.